ANAHEIM – Kendall Graveman’s grin was as wide as the Southern California freeway system, and that only meant one thing – he’s back.
Graveman will come off the 10-day disabled list Thursday and start the series finale against the Angels. He’s on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, but a Monday throwing session proved to him and to the A’s that he’s ready to go.
“I feel ready to go,” Graveman said while not making his return official.
Manager Bob Melvin did that, saying that Graveman would take the place of Jharel Cotton on Thursday with Cotton and the rest of the starters each pushed back a day for the series in Houston that begins Friday.
Graveman, who allowed a total of four runs in three starts before suffering his shoulder issues, threw 42 pitches Monday, 29 followed by a seven- or eight-minute break, and then another 13.
“There may be a little bit of a restriction (pitch limit) the first time back, but I feel great, think I’m on track and I’m sure there won’t be many limitations.”
Later on the trip, probably in Minneapolis during a three-game set against the Twins, the A’s are expected to get another starter, Sonny Gray back. Gray has also been dealing with shoulder problems but has been feeling good of late.
“It’s nice to get some guys off the DL,” Melvin said. “As opposed to adding guys on the list.”